FAQs on Mental Health Treatment at CPP
Seeing a Provider at Health Services
- What kind of mental health treatment is offered at Health Services?
- How to schedule an appointment for Mental Health Intake
- What should I expect during my visit?
- What happens after my visit?
- Do you evaluate Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
- What if I need academic accomodations?
- Are there other resources that could help me deal with my stress?
We provide limited outpatient mental health services during weekdays, when we are open. Because of the limited scope of treatment offered, at some point in your care, you may be referred into the community for ongoing care if your clinical needs exceed what we can safely and reasonably provide for you.
Basic intake evaluations and medication management (PDF) are handled by our board-certified primary care physicians. Your doctor may also recommend lifestyle changes, counseling, or other treatment recommendations that can be helpful. Depending on the severity of your condition and your response to treatment, your doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist for consultation or ongoing treatment.
If you are primarily interested in talk therapy or counseling, this service is provided by trained therapists at Counseling Services, who can be reached at 909-869-3220.
Call Health Services at 909-869-4000, or come into the Student Health Center and let the receptionist know the reason for your visit. This will help ensure you are scheduled to see the right type of provider. All information you provide is kept strictly confidential. If you have been given a referral to see a provider from Counseling or the Disability Resource Center, please bring that with you when you make the appointment.
Please arrive 30 minutes before your initial appointment to have enough time to complete screening paperwork. Initial mental health visits with a primary care physician are 40 minutes long. During your initial visit, you will be asked about any current problems, past treatment, and other relevant parts of your life history that will help your doctor learn more about your issues and what kinds of treatment will be most helpful. Any information you provide to your doctor is protected by state and federal confidentiality laws, to the extent allowed by law.
Recommended treatments can include medication, counseling, lifestyle changes, or referral to resources in the community. If you have questions or concerns, please don’t be afraid to ask!
Your doctor may want you to have lab tests done, to ensure physical health issues are not contributing to your mental health problems. You may also be asked to sign a release of information, so that your doctor can communicate with others involved in your life or directly in your care. You will most likely be scheduled for a follow-up visit within a few weeks. Follow-ups usually occur more frequently at the beginning of treatment, and decrease as your condition improves.
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder marked by an extensive history of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsivity, usually beginning in childhood. Inattentive symptoms can include: making careless mistakes, problems sustaining attention, poor follow-through when given instructions or difficulty executing tasks until completion, being easily distracted or forgetful. Hyperactive and impulsive symptoms include: feeling fidgety, difficulty sitting still, always feeling ‘on the go,’ talking excessively, and difficulty engaging in leisure activities quietly, difficulty awaiting one’s turn, and interrupting and intruding on others. Symptoms are severe enough that they impair several aspects of one’s life and are present in multiple settings.
ADHD not only affects one’s ability to function at school or in the workplace, but can also have serious consequences in other sphere’s of one’s life. For example, individuals with ADHD have higher rates of divorce and are more likely to be cited for speeding than persons without the disorder.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
In the adult population, a correct diagnosis of ADHD can be made with a thorough evaluation by a trained mental health professional, and should include a face-to-face evaluation, psychological testing, and obtaining collateral information from several possible sources (work or academic supervisors, other health care professionals), if possible. The diagnosis of ADHD in college-age populations is sometimes challenging, as collateral sources are not as readily available, some people diagnosed with ADHD as children may have been misdiagnosed or have ‘outgrown’ the condition, symptoms of ADHD can resemble other psychiatric disorders, and there is elevated risk of abuse and diversion of stimulant medications used to treat ADHD.
How is ADHD treated?
There are several treatment options for ADHD, including medications, psychotherapy, and skills building. With treatment, most individuals with ADHD find marked improvement in their symptoms and functioning. Primary care physicians are able to prescribe medications for students with a substantiated diagnosis of ADHD.
What should I do if I think I might have ADHD?
If you have never received treatment or been evaluated for ADHD, you can start by making an appointment with a physician at Health Services or a counselor at Counseling Services, who can begin the screening process. S/he may then refer you to have a formal assessment with objective psychological testing by a psychologist, if they believe you may have ADHD or are unsure of your exact diagnosis. Psychological testing helps to confirm the diagnosis and may reveal other related conditions that could be contributing to your difficulties. If you have health insurance, check with your insurer to see if your plan covers this testing. For students without insurance and/or on financial aid, you may be able to obtain a stipend from the financial aid office to cover the cost of testing, if you are referred by Disability Resource Center (DRC). Check with the financial aid office or DRC for more information.
If you have previously received a diagnosis of ADHD or received medication treatment for ADHD in the past, you will need to provide past records from doctors who have prescribed medication to you. You will also need to provide the results of psychological testing performed within the past 3 years.
A FORMAL ASSESSMENT WITH RECENT, OBJECTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING FOR ADHD IS A REQUIREMENT TO BE PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS FOR ADHD AT HEALTH SERVICES.
Although a formal assessment is required to receive medication treatment at Health Services, you can take a self-report questionnaire (http://www.adhdknowledge.com/ASRS.htm) as an initial screen for the disorder.
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the campus resource for students seeking accommodations (extra test time, quiet space, note taking, etc.) based on a documented history of ADHD. DRC requires current and comprehensive documentation of ADHD for students to be considered for accommodations. Please contact DRC directly at (909) 869-3333 for more information.